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Tell House to Oppose Cuts to NSF Social Science in H.R. 1806


On April 15, House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806), the authorization bill for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Like last year’s version of this legislation (the FIRST Act), this bill sets arbitrary funding levels for NSF’s research directorates and would impose a massive 45% cut on the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE). The bill was marked up by the Science, Space, and Technology Committee on April 22 and voted to the House floor.

COSSA strongly opposes this legislation and we need your help to tell Congress that this bill is bad for science. Now is the time to weigh in before the bill reaches the House floor. Use the tool below to contact your Member of Congress and tell them you oppose the cuts to SBE in this bill.

Talking Points

Feel free to draw from the talking points below as well as COSSA’s analysis and statement on the legislation or personalize your letter to reflect your own experience. H.R. 1806 would gut social and behavioral science research and stifle scientific progress.

  • The bill would cut NSF’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate nearly in half.
  • It would set arbitrary funding caps on scientific fields, pick winners and losers among them, and discourage interdisciplinary science.

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